You may be noticing larger amounts of white space on the pages - and after a while you'll realise it's because the Google AdSense
adverts have gone.
No, it's not a new minimal style design, nor is it due to overwhelming pressure. It's because my AdSense account has been disabled.
Yep, that's right, I've broken the terms and conditions due to "invalid clicks"...
Here's the official email:
From: Google AdSense
To: (an address I use for AdSense)
CC: Google AdSense
SendDate: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 12:02:10 -0700
Subject: Google AdSense Account Disabled
Hello Paul Wells,
It has come to our attention that invalid clicks have been generated on
the Google ads on your site(s). We have therefore disabled your Google
AdSense account. Please understand that this step was taken in an
effort to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.
A publisher's site may not have invalid clicks on any ad(s), including
but not limited to clicks generated by a publisher on his own web
pages, clicks generated through the use of robots, automated clicking
tools, or any other deceptive software.
Practices such as these are in violation of the Google AdSense Terms
and Conditions and program polices, which can be viewed at:
Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further
participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The
earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected
The Google AdSense Team
As you can see there's no clue about who, what, when, or where.
I can no longer log in to the AdSense site, so I can't try to find out for myself if there was a suspicious spike - I know my earnings did go up recently (not that I'll get them now), but I assumed it was due to the recent layout changes.
I'm waiting for a reply, but looking in forums it seems like once you've transgressed the unwritten rule there's no coming back.
Even though the site isn't about earning oodles of simoleans this has, for the moment at least, dampened my enthusiasm for doing anything other than the basic maintenance. The Northern phrase would be "knocked my duck off". Normal service will be resumed when I cheer up.